1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water.
Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.(I used the dough hook on my Kitchenaide Mixer and it worked perfectly)
Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.
Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan.
After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, or a Silpat on the cookie sheet, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.